Director Of Development - Chicago, IL

Post Date:  Sep 22, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60604

Position Type:  Full Time
Requisition Number:  30554
Work Schedule:  Full-Time

Are you looking to find personal and professional fulfillment, and align your career with your values? 


At Gateway Foundation, our employees have an opportunity to make a difference every day by helping people with substance abuse issues gain control of their lives.


Gateway Foundation is a recognized non-profit leader in evidence-based treatment proven to get results. Our experts in Addiction Medicine—including highly educated clinical and medical professionals and expert psychiatrists and nurses—deliver care that never stops. Throughout Gateway’s proud history of helping others, dedicated and professional employees have been vital to accomplishing our life-saving mission. 


If you are a collaborative professional who shares our commitment to helping people with substance abuse and mental health issues turn their lives around – GATEWAY IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! 


The Director of Development of Gateway Foundation will develop and implement fundraising strategies; cultivate relationships with philanthropists, and philanthropic entities, formulate solicitation procedures, and manage all fundraising activities. In addition, they will identify new donors, engage existing donors, assist with grant-writing efforts, and leverage stakeholders, board members and supporters to develop and execute a robust plan that will meet the identified organizational fundraising goals.



  • Develops the organization fundraising strategies, and executes them.
  • Supervises a fundraising associate, and eventually additional staff as fundraising results increase over time.
  • Builds relationships with donors and potential donors.
  • Completes in-depth research on potential donors that align with our mission, both individuals and corporate sponsorships, to identify new donors for cultivation, access past ones and identify the link to their giving patterns.
  • Identifies donors that may need further cultivation, and facilitates engagement activities with senior leaders and/or board members.
  • Supports Board Director and Executive Leadership contacts/ relationships to leverage large gifts, annual appeals, and all event sponsorships. 
  • Develops the communication strategy, including social media, to create a culture of philanthropy that includes donor and volunteer engagement.
  • Supports and staffs the development committee of the board, identify new potential board candidates focused on philanthropy and support all annual development activities. 
  • Writes grants, supervises other staff who may write grants, and coordinates external grant writers.
  • Keeps funders aware of our progress meeting grant requirements, and grant impact.
  • Keeps current with all fundraising opportunities through participation in local, regional and national organizations especially related to new trends and educational opportunities.
  • Collaborates with our Sales and Marketing teams to support their work attracting people to our services, and their connecting people who want to support our work with our philanthropic opportunities.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communication, management or a related field in human/social service; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five to seven years’ direct fundraising experience, including but not limited to capital campaigns, event planning, planned giving, major giving and individual donor development; healthcare or non-profit fundraising; and foundation grants.
  • Bring with them a network of past supporters and a strong understanding of how to keep people engaged with the mission of the organization.
  • Experience with and passion for the field of substance use disorder and mental health services preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to gather and exchange information with donors, vendors, alumni and community partners.
  • Interpersonal and presentation skills to represent the organization to diverse audiences, including influential and high-net individuals and/or corporations.
  • Proficiency with fundraising donor platforms for donor tracking, communication and development.
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities to monitor work, identify and report on trends and recommend solutions.
  • Leadership skills and ability to drive strategic direction.
  • Decision making and planning skills.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to speak and communicate effectively in person or by telephone in order to gather and exchange information and provide direction.
  • Ability to respond to telephone calls, emails, and hear speech.
  • Travel to meet external parties and coordinate events. 
  • Must be able to participate in multi day meetings, conferences and events as necessary.


Competitive Compensation and Benefits: 


Gateway Foundation values its employees and provides an inclusive and diverse work environment where dedicated employees can make a difference. We are committed to engaging and rewarding our employees in meaningful ways. For eligible employees, we provide a Total Rewards Package that includes:

  • Gateway is a qualified employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Health Insurance - Including a wellness premium incentive opportunity
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off - Including 18 days of PTO and 9 paid holidays in the first year
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Account
  • Commuter Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short Term Disability (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Training & Development Programs


Gateway Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Race/Color/Sex/Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/Religion/National Origin/Disability/Vets. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago